‘There was no support in terms of fielding’: Anjum Chopra

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Indian Women’s team clashed with the Aussies in the World cup semi-finals. They failed to chase the target of 173 runs. The Indian team was very much sloppy on the field. Anjum Chopra explains the reasons for the loss. They dropped catches and misfields were happening at regular intervals of the match. The openers didn’t give a proper start to this big chase. Still, the Captain and Jemimah fought from their side.

Anjum Chopra said that

“We fell short in every department. I think it was good that Australia was batting first – it gave India the chance to chase runs. But I didn’t understand their bowling strategy because there was a slow wicket for which they kept protection on the boundary square of the wicket, they asked their spinners to bowl short and outside. But how will they take wickets if every bowler bowls in that manner?” 

She further added,

“Taking this as a bowling strategy, there was no support in terms of fielding – it has to be top-notch. They missed a lot of straight catches, and if we talk about Shafali Verma, she needs a lot of brushing up because young players are expected to field well in these crunch moments and to do it with exuberance.”

“Our bowling did not give up many runs at first, though it is expected that you will conceive runs in the final overs, keeping the reason aside, at the end of the day you have to chase runs to win the game.” 

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